My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

And that brings us to the end of another year …

On this day last year, I think I was probably feeling dejected and miserable, and honestly wondering exactly when something good was going to happen in my life, so I heard about the idea of starting a “jar of awesome” and decided to give it a go for the next year.

All you need is a jar, a note pad and pen, and you’re set to record every highlight, lowlight, notable event or just something you want to remember, that happens in the year ahead!

The best part is getting to the end of the year and tipping out the contents of your “jar of awesome,” and reminding yourself of things that you had probably forgotten from right back at the start of the year that had happened!

Things like remembering the honour and privilege of sharing breakfast with the best bowling and batting partnerships in test cricket at the moment … well, I think they are, anyway …

To moments that I will probably never forget, like meeting three of the loveliest Red Pandas at Wellington Zoo!

There are always going to be lowlights though, like being at the lowest point in your unemployment journey and contracting the shingles virus because of it.  I’m just grateful that I didn’t contract herpes zoster ophthalmic and my eyes are both still as they were!  Although I still have the scars, but sometimes scars are a good reminder of just where we have come from and what we are strong enough to fight through.

From that lowest point in my year, I have been able to find first temporary employment, and then full-time permanent employment, working with people who just want to work hard and do the best job they can do for our managers!

So getting back to my original point of this blog post, if you want to try something different for 2018, start your own “jar of awesome” or whatever you would like to call it … and let me know how you get on, too … and see what surprises and memories are in store for you at the end of the year!

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NZ v Windies  live blog from the Basin Reserve, Wellington

I’m going to try and add observations from day two at the Basin Reserve, mainly cause I need to get back into blogging again … 

First of all, I want to know what Chris Donaldson was saying about me as he drove the team van past the Basin Reserve as I was waiting outside … I know it was about me as he looked at me at the same time! 

Also, I was glad Tom Blundell walked past me on his way to the nets as I was able to complement him on a good first day of test cricket! And I even got a reply from him. It’s funny; he plays for Wellington at the Basin every season and yet that’s the first time I’ve spoken to him.

But why are some of the West Indians wearing beanies during their warm ups?! Is it really that cold for them in summer in New Zealand? 

The Windies  had a very competitive game of football to start their warm ups too …

Oh, and the “Taylor Squad” are really nice and friendly too! 

Blog deleted everything so I’m going to have to remember my lunch time update … 

Nice wee session for NZ with Ross Taylor getting to ten thousand first class runs, plus a half century, as well as a half century partnership with Henry Nicholls! 

NZ 181/3 at lunch.

Oh, and Nicholls is pretty speedy between the wickets too!

The day two pitch at the lunch break … 

That winning feeling when you get your flat white before the Black Caps next order of 8! 😉 

Gutted for Ross Taylor to be dismissed 7 runs short of a well-deserved test century. I gave him a standing O anyway! 

NZ 267/4 at the the break. So pleased for Nicholls to bring up a half century in that session too. Always been a fan of him in the middle order. 

Been wanting Tom Blundell to get the chance for a bat, all day, and now I’m nervous for him …

Well, that’s been a very entertaining, and brisk, 50 run partnership between de Grandhomme and Blundell! 

So great seeing Colin de Grandhomme scoring freely and getting to a half century as well! 

And a thoroughly entertaining century from Colin de Grandhomme!

50 runs on test debut! Simply outstanding Tom Blundell!!! 

What a brilliant day of test cricket for NZ! 447/9 at stumps – can’t wait for day 3!!! 

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